If you want the freedom to explore a broad array of humanities disciplines as well as the ability to focus deeply in an area of particular interest, this major combines the best of both worlds. You gain a multidimensional perspective through the study of history, literature, philosophy, religion, and languages, and a senior thesis allows you to develop expertise in and passion around a specific topic of your choosing. By developing critical thinking and communication skills, self-direction, and the ability to analyze information, you will acquire a suite of highly transferable skills that will be prized by employers in numerous fields.
Why UNE for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities
Unlike many other college and university majors in interdisciplinary studies, ours requires courses across the full range of humanities. And we focus solely on the humanities, giving you the deepest and broadest possible understanding of the human condition.
- Flexible curriculum, allowing for double majors and minors
- Instruction in digital skills
- Impressive archival collections for research and creative projects
- Intriguing internships
- Study abroad opportunities
- Option of our unique HuMed program to prepare for medical school while pursuing your passion for the humanities
- Pre-Law option to prepare for law school
The study of the humanities inculcates a unique set of skills that will set you apart in the job market. The ability to think analytically, to draw connections between disparate things, and to communicate effectively are skills that are adaptable to virtually any field you choose. Graduates who major in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities may pursue numerous professions, including:
- Public Relations Specialist
- Health Care Provider
- Corporate Researcher
- Project Manager
- Web Content Manager
- Museum Professional
Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, the Office of Career Services is here to help you plan your next step.
EXAMPLES OF AVAILABLE COURSES
The following are some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:
- Graphic Medicine
- Criminals, Idiots, and Minors: Victorian Women and the Law
- Literatures of the Sea
- History of Drugs in the Americas
- Holocaust in History and Memory
- War Letters
- Good, Evil, Right, and Wrong
- God, Life, and Hereafter
- Biomedical Ethics
To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit the Catalog.
We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or department chair for specific criteria and requirements.
If you are considering law school after you graduate, you should consult with faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy to design an appropriate course of study. The Pre-Law Emphasis ensures that you develop a foundation in the humanities that will prepare you for law school and success in the legal profession.
As a student in our program, you learn from faculty across the departments of Creative and Fine Arts, English, History and Philosophy, and Political Science.
Whether you’re conducting research in UNE’s archives for your senior capstone thesis, getting real-world experience at an internship, or traveling the globe as part of a study-abroad program, the Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities major emphasizes learning by doing.
- Conduct research or produce creative projects to present at local, regional, and national venues
- Complete on-campus or off-campus internships
- Study abroad for international experience
SENIOR CAPSTONE THESIS
Your thesis provides an opportunity to take a deep dive into a subject that captivates you. Because this major is all about making interdisciplinary connections, many students choose a thesis that combines multiple areas of interest. Past topics have included:
- Women and blacksmithing in New England
- History and significance of tattoos
- Music of social change
- Representation of culture and identity in Argentine films
See the World
The study of humanities uncovers universal truths about human nature while it simultaneously reveals the deep diversity of our experiences. There is no better complement to humanities studies than traveling abroad to experience first-hand what unites us and what makes us different. Spend a semester in Spain, France, Iceland, or Morocco. Or choose from among our shorter travel courses that take you to places such as Ireland, Cuba, Italy, Mexico, and Kenya.
Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.